Government Officers are preparing well for life after retirement from service. Central and State Information Commissions have mooted a proposal for giving themselves more free medical treatment, a Government house, free electricity and water, Rs 15,000-25,000 to maintain a driver or orderly and much more.
So far, only four Information Commissioners and the chief of Central Information Commission (CIC) enjoys such a cushy existence. However, now even the State Information Commissions (SICs) want a share of their pie. In a proposal framed after lengthy deliberations, CIC - the final appellate authority for the Right to Information (RTI) Act - has asked the department of personnel and training (DoPT) to equate State Information Commissioners with High Court judges and Central Commissioners with Supreme Court judges and "provide equal facilities as is being given to them".
Roughly translated into financial terms it would mean free medical treatment, free electricity and water, a Government flat, furnishings upto Rs 2 lakh, free telephone and post-retirement benefits. It would be worthwhile to note that most State and Central Information Commissioners are retired bureaucrats.
Post-retirement benefits, like in the case of judges, would include a monthly allowance of upto Rs 25,000 to employ a driver or orderly, free phone at home, free medical treatment and a pension if the Information Commissioner is not a former bureaucrat. There would be additional benefits if the commissioner is injured on duty.
This is not all. The proposal says that State Information Commissioners should be treated as "State guests". Since the job is becoming lucrative, the SICs and CIC want an increase in the tenure of Commissioners.
At present, the Information Commissioner can hold the office for five years or till he attains the age of 65 years. The proposal says that the Government of India should revise this term of service.
As reported by The Pioneer on July 11, the CIC Commissioners already enjoy certain perks like an official car and free 200 litres of petrol. The new proposal is a leap forward and seeks to extend the benefits even to Commissioners in the States.
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I am not sure wheher this forum will entertain similar alarming posting. Since this is already posted,let me add that the above are demanded in the "collective bargaining of the CIC, SICs and ICs held at Delhi on 17-10-2007 under the guise of 'CiC's conference. As for as Kerala is concerned the government has expended more than Rs.Ten crores on RTI so far and the output claimed by SIC himself is 1000 cases so far. i.e., Rs. one lakh per case.